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Deer Camp Redux

Critters, Strange But True, Deer Camp

I got some good news last week.

Remember the deer camp sensation from last year? 

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March’s Challenge

debt, shopping

I am in my 3rd month of my year of financial challenges. I successfully completed January with my Eat from the Pantry challenge with no sweat. As hard as it was, I was also successful in my February challenge of not purchasing any new clothes for the month. I am a lover of a good sale and with so many winter items with deep clearance discounts, it was very difficult. It will prove even more difficult as I still plan on continuing that challenge through the rest of the year. Oh…the temptations! Can I tell you how much I LOVE The Children’s Place for my daughter’s clothes? The have such adorable clothes and have such wonderful sales at their outlet store. Anyway, back to business. Overall I am 2 for 2. Not bad.

So…what to do for March? I have decided to pick a week during the month and not spend any money except gas for the van if needed (hopefully I won’t have any emergencies, or the plan is down the toilet). If I have any bills due that week, I will pay them early. I will not go to the grocery store or even go out to my weekly dinner with my daughter. I am planning to do this on the week of March 14th.

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Frau Schmetterling (the next act): March 2, City Hall

County Grounds, Kubala Washatko

Schmetterling is German for butterfly. It always struck me that the opera Madame Butterfly would be quite a different work altogether in that language.

And the next act of the  Monarch Butterfly Trail, the UWM Engineering Campus, and (insert name of next benefactor) Innovation/Research Park opera unfolds Tuesday, March 2, at City Hall.

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It may be fiction but it's good fiction

UWM Innovation Park, Milwaukee County Grounds

After tonight's presentation of the UWM Innovation Park plan for development on the Milwaukee County Grounds, Bobby Pantuso (5th district alder candidate) asked me and fellow blogger Tom Gaertner whether we were all going to blog on the same thing. I shook my head no.

Then I changed my mind.

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Running Around With Your Hair on Fire

Gas Pains, Personal, Strange But True

Braumeister and I try to shoot our bows once a week throughout the year.  Usually Dart Video over at West Town Archery.

It keeps us and our equipment tuned and on-target and allows for making the drawing of a bow, acquiring a target and taking an appropriate shot with confidence.  Most importantly - without hesitation.

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Hey look Ma I'm blogging.

Hey look Ma I'm writing a blog.  Once my Mom has seen some of the things I'll be writing about, and saying she'll say "Gary" your going to make some people mad.  Oh I know Mom but I don't know any way around it. I began writing my blog over a week ago but I got cold feet.  I think I have to ease myself into it and get warmed up. 

I chose the title Gary's Corner of Tosa because we live at the intersection of Martin Drive and North 62nd Street.  I plan on writing about my experiences, observations, and the many questions I have.  For instance Grede Foundry why is it still there operating?  We see concern in the news about butter flies and the need to call the hazardous material team out because of dangerous fumes from a meth lab.  Isn't anyone else concerned about this Foundry?  I have cancer does anyone else have cancer who lives down wind of Grede?  I recently asked the EPA if the foundry pollution was safe to breath?  They didn't know.  They would have to spend $40,000 to do air monitoring and it would take a year.  I guess we aren't worth it.  The DNR says Grede Liberty foundry is in compliance with the law, but still they can't say if the air is safe to breath down wind. 

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East North Avenue Business Block Watch

If you missed last weeks meeting at Cranky Al's don't worry; we are working closely with Milwaukee's North Ave BID as well as the Milwaukee Police Department's Disctrict 3 Community Liaisons on having a joint meeting in the coming weeks.

Also in the works is a phone calling system that can get word of issues concering our North Ave Merchants out in a very short amount of time!

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Music player lost in the shuffle at gym

Shuffle, gym

I have no right to complain. As a matter of fact some people who read this will think I'm whining.

I am. Because I lost my tiny blue Shuffle at the gym the other day. Oddly, the headphones I did not lose.

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Friday Morning Music

Hot Women, Popular Culture

It is the start of the weekend people!

Chrissie Hynde says to crank-up the volume and fetch your dancing shoes...

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Good comments, but some I've heard before.

Foundry pollution Wauwatosa developments apartments homes houses senior living condo health safety

Lets see I got a few comments supporting the foundry it looks like.  But none regarding the issue is the foundry holding up redevelopment around it, and is the pollution dangerous to our health?

I guess I can understand the commenter's being anonymous.  I'm not saying any could work for Grede or they they had a business relationship with Grede although one said he'd had in the past.  It does make it easier to be wrong too.

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Where Do We Start?

We'll start at the very beginning, like Maria Von Trapp did. 

February kicked off with another sixth grade basketball tournament at St. Bernard Parish School in Wauwatosa!  It has come to be known as Bernie's Tourney.  So, local celebrity, Tom Pipines was spotted, certainly so he could report back on the nightly newscast.  We're sure of it! 

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Winter Ghost

Critters, Reader Contributions

The Snowy Owl is one rare bird.

In my entire life I have only seen this bird twice.   Once as a kid and again a few years ago. 

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Good Drugs Gone Bad


This is the first in a series of blogs addressing the abuse of prescription medications for non-medicinal purposes. This information comes to us courtesy of Officer Jason Weber who is the Community Liaison for the Town of Menasha PD and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association (WCPPA /

Scanning -Identified problem
When people speak of drug abuse, one immediately thinks of drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. However, people rarely think of the common drugs found in their homes and medicine cabinets. These pharmaceuticals typically are used for medicinal or “good” purposes; however we are starting to see an alarming trend of abuse of this medicine. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, nearly 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That’s more than the total number abusing cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and other drugs – and the number has increased 80% in the past 6 years.

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Good Drugs Gone Bad II


This is the second in a series of blogs addressing the abuse of prescription medications for non-medicinal purposes. This information comes to us courtesy of Officer Jason Weber who is the Community Liaison for the Town of Menasha PD and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association (WCPPA /

Analysis – Localized problem

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Good Drugs Gone Bad III


This is the third and final series of blogs addressing the abuse of prescription medications for non-medicinal purposes. This information comes to us courtesy of Officer Jason Weber who is the Community Liaison for the Town of Menasha PD and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association (WCPPA /

Community wide effort

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Lucky I was to be wearing leather on first chilly ride of season

Vespa, St. Patrick's Day, cold

It was St. Patrick's Day.

I just HAD to drive my new Vespa to work. I got up at 5 a.m. and kept reminding myself that it would all be worth it at 3 p.m. when it was sunny and 60 degrees outside.

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Ready for some basketball?

Pancake Breakfast

And Pancakes?

Hosted by Home & School Association



The warm weather is approaching so it is time refresh bike safety and road riding reminders.

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Jogging Arborist's In Tosa

Hawthorn glen milwaukee development wauwatosa foundry pollution politics court house security

This week in our neighborhood we've seen unusual joggers.  Unusual because of how many, and the blue collar work cloths they wear instead of the usual fitness related garb one would expect to see around here.  My wife has been exchanging good mornings as they all pass her by on her way to work.  Some of the 20 or more past her by a little slower then the rest.  And I think the dogs on Martha Washington between Vliet and Martin Dr. all got woken up earlier then they are used to. 

It turns out that these men and women are Urban Arborist trainees.  As I understand it's a combination non-profit and Milwaukee City Government program where the trainees get a salary while they train and upon completion are guaranteed job in the private sector.  The training is taking place at Hawthorne Glen Nature center.  It's a 23 acre nature preserve owned by the Milwaukee School District where 12,000 school children visit on field trips every year.  It's also down wind of Grede Foundry and in past years many of those children, their teachers, and parents had to have asked what is that terrible smell and learned something unexpected in a nature preserve for children about foundry pollution.

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Carnivores take stab at vegetarianism


Have you seen Food, Inc., ( yet? If not, it's a must-see documentary on the inhumane treatment of animals and alleged tactics to control the food supply by a few conglomerates in the food industry. It's playing at the Times Sunday, April 11 courtesy of Outpost Natural Foods. What about "Meet Your Meat" ( That's another documentary hosted by Sir Paul McCartney that puts a spotlight on factory farming of cows, pigs, and chickens. If that doesn't spoil your appetite for consuming animals, I don't know what will.

After my friend and I watched it we decided to take the Web site pledge to go semi-vegetarian for 30 days. This is nothing new I know, but it's a BIG deal for us dairyland carnivores. That being said, I confess that I've slowly been eliminating meat from my diet for years. But for some reason, maybe because it's spring, I've got the urge to just stop eating stuff that makes me fat and hurts my heart. My girlfriend agrees, so today is Day 1 of our co-challenge.  

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